James Connelly has been named chief operating officer, xpedx, and is a member of the xpedx senior lead team. Connelly is also a vice president and company officer of International Paper. xpedx is a business of International Paper.
Connelly began his career with xpedx in October 1999 as vice president, sales and group vice president. In his nearly 12 years with xpedx, Connelly has held a number of leadership positions, including his most recent role as executive vice president, East Region, xpedx. His new role of COO consolidates the two former positions of executive vice president in the East and West Regions for xpedx. Connelly has also served as executive vice president, North Central Region, and senior vice president, Northeast, for xpedx. He was named vice president and company officer of International Paper in January 2006. He is based at xpedx’s business headquarters in Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati.
Prior to joining xpedx, Connelly served in various marketing, sales and management capacities at Unisource, including printing papers marketing management, vice president/division manager and vice president, distribution, resulting in more than 30 years of experience in the distribution industry.
Connelly has a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Villanova University.
“Jim has shown excellent leadership in xpedx’s east region operations for the last two and a half years,” said Mary Laschinger, president, xpedx. “In this new leadership position of greater responsibility, I’m sure that he will help us to leverage our strengths to maintain and grow our marketplace share in our print, packaging and facility solutions segments.”